Penn State Scandal Puts Campus Police In Spotlight

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At Penn State, as at many colleges, campus police occupy an unusual and much-misunderstood spot on the law enforcement spectrum -- and when scandal breaks, that often leads to questions about divided loyalties.

The latest developments in the sex abuse case there have put university's police front and center of some of the most prominent unanswered questions. Did Penn State officers thoroughly and professionally investigate allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children on campus, only to have their findings quashed by prosecutors and image-conscious university administrators who preferred to handle things in-house?

Or were the police themselves part of a cover-up?

The grand jury report alleging sexual abuse by Sandusky and perjury and failure to report by two university administrators -- including the vice president who oversaw the campus police -- suggests it was others who dropped the ball. But it also leaves many questions unanswered.

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